BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 19, 2010 – Glenda M. Snyder of Buchanan, Va., Virginia Cooperative Extension unit leader and 4-H youth agent in Botetourt County, has been conferred the “senior Extension agent emerita.” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
Serving Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1979, Snyder provided administrative leadership as unit director/coordinator in Botetourt County, including fiscal administration, leadership in local government relations, mentorship of new agents, management of a broad and diverse youth development program, and coordination of the volunteer development program for more than 31 years.
During her career, Snyder received numerous awards, including “It Started with an Exchange” Partners of the Americas Award, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Meritorious Award, the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Outreach, as well as many district programming awards and team awards.
She also served as a member and past president of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Alpha Gamma Chapter, Virginia Extension Services Association, Virginia Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, Partners of the Americas Board, and other state and local boards and committees.
Deeply committed to international outreach, Snyder brought Character Counts, a character development education program, to numerous schools in Brazil, organizing adult and youth exchanges between Brazil and Virginia, and hosting Brazilian teachers and judges in Virginia.
Snyder received her bachelor’s degree in human nutrition, foods, and exercise science and a master’s degree in career and technical education from Virginia Tech.
Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.